Dr. Alexandra Martinez received her Bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University in International Relations. She received her Masters degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona, with Women's Studies and Latin American Literature as her areas of emphasis. Dr. Martínez completed her graduate studies in 2010 by earning her Doctorate in Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona. Her primary area of specialization is Contemporary Latin American Literature. Her secondary areas of specialization are Luso-Brazilian Literature and Culture and Contemporary Peninsular Literature. Dr. Martínez's dissertation is entitled "Women and the Contention of Space in Contemporary Cuban and Brazilian Film."
Dr. Martinez teaches all levels of Spanish language, literature and culture. She is the coordinator of JSU Spanish club and of the Latin American Film Festival now in its 4th year. Her current areas of research are Latin American and Spanish Cinema particularly female film directors. She is also currently researching US Latino Literature and will be offering a Special Topics Course this Spring 2016. Other areas of interest are Cultural Studies, Women's Studies and the regions of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and Spain.